Senior Driller

Also known as: Senior Toolpusher.

Drillers move, set up and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to drill holes for mineral exploration and oil and gas production. As a Senior Driller, you are expected to have strong knowledge in the equipment used, the methods deployed, rock and earth densities, and be able to guide workers.


  • Move rigs onto site and set them up;
  • Position drills and set angles and depths;
  • Start and stop drills and coordinate utility workers on site;
  • Check equipment and progress throughout operation;
  • Operate secondary equipment, such as pumps (air and mud) and equipment used to prevent and correct problems;
  • Record performance details and take drill core samples;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs; and
  • Dismantle and move rig to next site.

Skills Required

  • Help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply;
  • Help obtain drilling core samples;
  • Dig and clean mud pits and drains;
  • Mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout;
  • Assist in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens;
  • Assist with well development and pumping tests;
  • Operate equipment, such as pumps for air, water and mud;
  • Use equipment and tools to correct problems in drilled holes caused by ;mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning; and
  • Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.


$70,000 - $130,000